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Night of the Living Dead
- Dashiell Barnes
One critic described this groundbreaking horror film as "The best film made in Pittsburg." A group of survivors try to survive an army of zombies, hungry for flesh. Jones is effective as the African-American lead, whose calm rationality prevails over the impulsive family man. Shot in gritty B/W, documentary-style, director Romero skillfully combines terror with insightful social commentary, exploring the issues of the day from racism & the fear if the mob. The now less-than-gory effects are a pathetic complaint against an overall magnificent film which reinvented the horror genre. I give it a 5/5.
Mother of all zombie movies
As far as I know this was the first and I think definitely was the best of the zombie genre. The fact that its in black & white only adds to the funky, B movie feel. Great movie, best if watched with a group of people.
Seen this over 20 times, STILL scares me silly!!!
- Mysty Saint Martin
George Romero was a genius! This was made in 1969, when color movies were plentiful, but he went with black-and-white, and how did that pay off! The b&w effect just adds to the horror he was aiming for! This movie STILL scares me silly! Hacker/slasher flicks really leave nothing to the imagination, as to where this gem of a movie ONLY really shows one scene (tame compared to todays' movies!) where the undead are 'devouring' their victims. This has been, and will be a timeless classic for many, many more years to come!
The best bad movie ever?
- Michael Passe
Zombies are all the rage these days, even outside of Capital Hill. But despite all the remakes and big-budget sequels and Italian gore-fests, this glorified student film remains vastly superior to all of them, including George Romero's own best efforts. That's an amazing thing to say about an independent cheapie that often seems like a home movie. But it's an undeniably terrifying film that gets under the skin and stays there. Why does "Night" work so well, despite its myriad flaws: lighting that is amateurish at best; a script full of holes that is downright silly at times ("can't you see what's going on out there? This is no Sunday school picnic!"); an score that's very effective but not original (see "The Hideous Sun Demon"), and acting that ranges from decent to wooden, especially Judith O'Dea's somnambulant turn as Barbara? It works because it has the energy and vitality of film-makers trying something new, including the casting of a black man (the late Duane Jones) as the hero, which Romero knew at the time was revolutionary. There's a sense of cutting-edge, pushing-the-boundaries freshness that makes "Night" rise above its low-rent production values. The idea of the film - a dysfunctional group of mismatched people are thrown together in a crisis, which they can only solve if they can get over their own bickering and power struggles and work together - has become such a classic cliche that we hardly realize it was a pretty new idea here. The half-baked lighting just adds to the nightmare mood of the film, and the low-budget FX are more than made up for by the oodles of atmosphere and mounting tension. The last 15 minutes are still as terrifying as anything that has come out since, considering the final attack of the zombies isn't really as graphic as its reputation (much of the gore is implied, or shown in shadow or silhouette). A virtual clinic on how to make a low-budget film that works.
Never could watch all of it! Too Scared Still!
- Amy Mulzet
I'm from Evans City, PA and I was 7 years old when they first showed Night of the Living Dead in 1968 in the Evans Theater on Main Street. My Dad took my friend and I. I got so terrified that he had to carry me out of the theater. Before that, my Dad even pointed out the locals who were zombies that we knew, but I was still terrified. I ended up spending 6 weeks at my Grandma's because she allowed me to sleep in her bed with her. To this day, I just cannot watch the entire movie. To me, it is absolutely the best horror film. By the way, I walk my dogs all the time at the Evans City Cemetary and I occasionally look over my shoulder...just in case.
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD
When I was growing up, it seems everytime my friends and I slept over each others houses, this movie was on. To this day I can barely watch this movie without putting my hands over my eyes.
Night of the Living Dead
- Northern Knight
Great film. Interesting how the black man has to die, after surviving the undead, he can't escape the living.
THE BLACK ACTOR
- william gauslow
Sort of sad, the only person in this movie who knows how to conduct themselves in a crisis is a black guy. Then he get mistakenly killed by white people in the end.
the best scary movie
I FIRST SAW THIS FILM IN 1968,WHEN IT CAME OUT,I WAS LIVING IN NEWJERSEY,SAW IT AT A DRIVE-IN,TALK ABOUT SCARED,TO THIS DAY,WHENEVER I WATCH IT,I'VE TOLEAVE THE LIGHT ON!! SO REALISTIC.ONE OF THE GREAT HORROR MOVIES.
What makes this movie so effective is that it isn't over elaborate... I'm sorry if it wasn't choreographed by Yuen Wo Peng and had a $100 million budget
They're Coming to Get You Barbara!
Truely one of the most terrifying films ever made!
One of My Favorite Horror Movies
If it wasn't for this movie 75% of all modern horror movies wouldn't exist
AKA: Movini's Venum
I recall this title was also know as Movini's Venum when I worked at MGM Lab.
WHAT A HORROR FILM SHOULD BE!
This is a great movie that should NOT be missed. Though it's low budget makes it a little corny, the realism of zombies invading scares you. DO NOT WATCH ALONE! If you do, you could not go out into the dark alone.
THE KING OF HORROR FILMS
IT IS THE HORROR FILM TO BEAT ALL HORROR FILMS.I REMEMBER SEEING IT WHEN I WAS A KID.I SLEPT WITH THE LIGHTS ON FOR A WEEK.GREAT DIRECTION AND THE REAL LOOK OF TERROR ON THE ACTORS FACES MAKES THIS A CLASSIC THAT WILL NEVER LOSE ITS FOLLOWING.
Seminal horror film pulls out all stops.
- david lincoln brooks
This is one of my favorite horror films. True, it suffers from continuity weaknesses, a lousy music score, and differences in acting styles, but there is something assaultive and truly frightening about this movie. The mood is downbeat, and offers the audience little hope for good to triumph. The stark, grainy B&W of the film may be half its horror; it was for me, anyway, as there are plenty of farmhouses in my native Texas which have this same rural starkness.... This film is scary because the horror is "played for keeps", as dramatists and actors say; no camp or comic relief lightens the mood.